FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
WILLIAM F. ACHTMEYER TO BE NEW CHAIR OF BSO BOARD OF TRUSTEES;
Susan Hockfield, Ph.D., Barbara Hostetter, Joshua A. Lutzker
BSO Managing Director Mark Volpe, Music Director Designate Andris Nelsons,
The Boston Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees recently elected a new Board Chair, a new Board President, three new Trustees, and 12 new Overseers to terms beginning September 1, 2014. William “Bill” F. Achtmeyer, chairman and managing partner of The Parthenon Group LLC, was elected Chair of the BSO Board of Trustees—the top leadership position on the board—effective September 1, 2014, succeeding outgoing Chair Edmund Kelly. Dr. Paul Buttenwieser, a psychiatrist specializing in psychoanalysis, child and adolescent psychiatry, was elected President of the Board. These new board appointments coincide with Andris Nelsons’ first season as BSO Music Director, with a major gala party celebration planned for Tuesday, September 23, and his first concert as music director to take place on Saturday, September 27—a program of music by Puccini, Wagner, and Respighi, with special guest artists, soprano Kristīne Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
The addition of the position of President reflects the size and scope of the organization today, and adds to the depth of leadership – alongside the Chair and other officers – as the Orchestra enters an important period that will see the introduction of Andris Nelsons as the BSO’s new music director and the development of several strategic projects that will strengthen the BSO’s position as a leading orchestra in the world.
In addition, the Board elected three new Trustees: Susan Hockfield, Ph.D., Barbara Hostetter and Joshua A. Lutzker. The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Trustees has the legal responsibility for setting the broad policies of the BSO, approving budgets, reviewing audits, handling and maintaining assets, and appointing the music director and managing director positions. The Trustees also establish fundraising mechanisms and assume leadership in capital, endowment, and annual fund drives.
The Trustees also elected twelve new members of the BSO Board of Overseers: James Aisner, Liliana Bachrach, Yumin Choi, Sarah Eustis, Beth Fentin, Zoher Ghogawala, Patricia Gilbert, Karen Kaplan, Randy Pierce, Ronald Rettner, Sandra Urie, and Marillyn Zacharis. BSO Overseers lend their expertise and judgment to the Trustees and management on a wide range of topics, including development, marketing, finance, real estate, government relations, and ancillary activities.
NEW BSO CHAIR BIO
Mr. Achtmeyer is an Overseer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a governor for the Handel and Haydn Society. He is also vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Belmont Hill School and chairman of the Board of Directors of Tenacity. Mr. Achtmeyer is the former Chairman of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In June of 2012, Mr. Achtmeyer stepped down as chairman of the Board of Overseers at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College after 11 years of service. At that time, he was awarded the Overseers’ Medal in recognition of his dedicated service to Tuck, where he has hooded over 2,600 students at Investiture ceremonies.
Mr. Achtmeyer holds a B.A. in public and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
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In 1988, Dr. Buttenwieser and his wife, Katie, founded the Family-to-Family Project, an agency working with homeless families in the Boston area. He recently stepped down as chairman of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, after a decade of leading the Board of Trustees. During his tenure, he led the ICA in two capital campaigns for its new waterfront building, which opened in December 2006, and to establish an endowment and permanent collection. He is a Trustee and former Chair of the American Repertory Theater, a Trustee of Partners in Health, an honorary Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Berklee College of Music, a member of the Director’s Advisory Council of the Harvard University Art Museums, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was formerly a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University. At Harvard’s 2010 commencement, President Drew Faust awarded him the Harvard Medal for services to the University.
NEW BSO TRUSTEES BIOS
Barbara Hostetter serves as Chairman of the Board of the Barr Foundation where she served as President from the time of its founding in 1997 to 2014. She is the ex-officio president of the board of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where she co-chaired the strategic planning process and provided oversight for the design and construction of the new Renzo Piano wing that opened in January, 2012. Barbara is a member of the Arts Advisory Council for the Boston Public Schools, the Council of Advisors for Historic Boston, Inc., and the Friends Council for the Friends of the Public Garden.Her past service includes serving on the Board of Trustees of The New England Aquarium, the Friends of The Public Garden, Milton Academy and the MSPCC. She was appointed by Governor Romney to the DCR as a founding member of the Stewardship Council.
Since 2010, Joshua A. Lutzker has served as a managing director of Berkshire Partners LLC, a Boston-based investment firm. He originally joined Berkshire Partners in 1998 as an associate, and he returned to the firm in 2002 after graduating from business school. Mr. Lutzker’s directorships and primary involvement with Berkshire portfolio companies includes: Catalina, a provider of personalized media for consumer promotions and advertising headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL; SRS Distribution Inc., a national distributor of roofing supplies based in McKinney, TX; and Vi-Jon Inc., a leading manufacturer of private label personal care products headquartered in St. Louis, MO. Mr. Lutzker is also a director of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Lutzker was an associate consultant at Bain & Company. He earned his B.A. summa cum laude from Duke University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
NEW BSO OVERSEERS
James Aisner, Director of Media and Public Relations, Harvard Business School
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